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Interested in showcasing at OneFest? The ‘Apply to Play’ showcase prize is open until 6 August.

From the press release: 

“Mercury Prize nominee and superstar of British jazz, Shabaka Hutchings today opened the OneFest 2019 ‘Apply to Play’ showcase prize for grassroots talent

With the vision of overcoming one of the many overlooked obstacles faced by today’s emerging artists – the North/South divide – Shabaka Hutchings, curator of the award winning festival, OneFest, invites artists at grass roots level to apply to showcase at this year’s festival, which, for the first time, takes place across two cities; Sheffield and London.

Five successful applicants, hand-picked by Shabaka, will take to the stage at both Sheffield’s Leadmill and London’s EartH, forming part of OneFest’s daytime programming.  Aside from the live performance opportunities, winners will take part in a host of educational panels and workshops lead by inspirational music industry leaders.  Open to the public, these sessions include ‘Bridging the Gap, the North South Divide’, a workshop and Q+A with Shabaka, Business, & Funding Workshops, plus  ‘Let’s Keep the Conversation Going’ a further look at Mental Health support, and much, much more.  Speakers include John McClure (Reverend and the Makers) Shlomo , Thomas Haywood (The Blinders), Skinny Pelembe and more.  

Shabaka Hutchings said “‘Apply to Play’ has given me an opportunity to work on educating and expanding minds through the panels and workshops, as well as open doors for emerging bands to compete for a slot during the events. This is an element that was important to me when joining forces with the OneFest team. It’s incredibly important to me that the festival takes place in both the North and South, again breaking those unnecessary boundaries that have evolved within the music industry”

Applicants can ‘apply to play’ from July 26 –August 6th via Music Glue, through the OneFest website The competition is set to be fierce with the previous OneFest receiving an astonishing 800+ applicants. 

OneFest combines these daytime events with an exciting series of special one-off evening concerts across the two centres in London and Sheffield, all masterminded by Shabaka Hutchings.  Alongside showcases from emerging talent and special one-off collaborations, OneFest presents shows from young British talent including Maisha (featuring British Jazz wunderkind saxophonist Nubya Garcia),  Nat Birchall, Tom Skinner, Tom Herbert, Dave Okumu and Byron Wallen.  Full Line up to be announced.” 


The world premiere of this production by the Mark Morris Dance Group... Come and Go is about togetherness and apartness and the little betrayals, the secrets, tolerated or not. 

Commissioned by Happy Days in association with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada, there in the Steele Hall of what used to be called Portora where Samuel Beckett went to school the saturation of image: ladies with their eyes covered by the brims of their hats, the ceremonial hands at the end told only part of the story. No eye contact is made, in the audience we never saw their eyes in Come and Go performed by Elisa Clark, Susan Weber and Teri Weksler.

First performed in English at the Peacock Theatre, Dublin in 1968 characters are FLO, VI and RU, the beginning an intimation of Macbeth “When did we three last meet?” What RU says next to this startling statement which could have gone anywhere is important and this production, revelling in silence, draws this out. “Let us not speak.” 

Little change is a theme in the writing as is concern about how someone is “Dreaming of... love.” All this is delivered through the Morris lens by an unsentimental filter. The three pairs of clasped hands resting on the three laps at the end are about solidarity and love.

In Catastrophe by contrast the deadpanned jokes (punning on light as in lighting a cigar/illumination as opposed to darkness as a riff) fly in strained and highly dangerous circumstances. Mark Morris himself who staged both plays performed the main role, a dictatorial director whose mood flits from firm instruction to tetchy frustration, helped by his assistant setting up the man and object of their attention (victim, saint, innocent however you see him) who was played like a martyr by the preternaturally still Rob Besserer.
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Continues on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, various venues, Enniskillen. The Morris Group will also perform Quad (which will include music composed by Ethan Iverson) in an additional premiere.

Samuel Beckett, from a Jane Bown image, spray painted on to a shop shutter locally. Photo: marlbank

Arun Luthra’s Konnakol Jazz Project are on tour in August. Appearing with the New York-based tenor and soprano saxophonist/konnakol artist are, alternating on piano: the great Phronesisian Ivo Neame (19th & 20th); and tone totem Sam Leak (21st & 23rd) plus bassist Tom Mason and drummer David Ingamells. The all-important dates are: Monday 19th, Late Late Show, Ronnie Scott’s; Tuesday 20th Kansas Smitty’s, London; Wednesday 21st Oliver’s Jazz Bar, London; and on Friday 23rd at The Verdict, Brighton.

In the video above Luthra is with Thomson Kneeland on bass and Jordan Perlson on drums, pianist James Francies (who was touring with Pat Metheny as part of the Side-Eye “playing environment” this year in Japan), and mridangam player/konnakol artist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan.


Terry Riley’s Sun Rings, played by Kronos Quartet, ‘Beebopterismo’ from which is above, is to be released by Nonesuch on 30 August. 

1. Liam Noble The Long Game (Edition)
2. Gwilym Simcock Near and Now (ACT)
3. Theon Cross FYAH (Gearbox)
4. Ezra Collective You Can’t Steal My Joy (Enter the Jungle)
5. Huw Warren and Mark Lockheart New Day (CAM Jazz)
6. Evan Parker and Kinetics Chiasm (Cleanfeed)
7. The Comet Is Coming Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery (Impulse!)
8. Partisans Nit de Nit (Whirlwind)
9. Kino Trio Il Cielo Sopra Berlino (Babel)
10. Trish Clowes Ninety Degrees Gravity (Basho)
Look out for updates.